KCLS Recommends: Children's - Tweens
Annotation:After moving from Los Angeles to London in 1952, Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, who involve her in an adventure to rescue a special Pharmacopia.
Annotation:Journeying by train to summer camp only to find that the camp program has been cancelled, Ry finds himself stranded without resources in the wilderness and invents a new definition of summer vacation.
Annotation:When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
Annotation:When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from a wildlife refuge, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.
Annotation:Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he's thirty, cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space, not planning for the ship to become stuck.
Annotation:Upset when her dreams of becoming a grand pianist are squashed when her father returns from the store with an old organ, ten-year-old Zoe Elias tries to make the best of it and so practices hard in order to get her moment in the spotlight at the annual Perform-O-Rama organ contest.
Annotation:Outsider Emma-Jean decides to use the logic her brilliant mathematician father taught her to fix social problems at school, but when her logical approach doesn't work, Emma-Jean realizes that she will need to try something new.
Annotation:Brought together to watch a rare solar eclipse, Ally, Bree, and Jack may have arrived as strangers but the experience of what they witness makes them connect with each other in ways they could have never imagined.
Annotation:Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
Annotation:Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.
Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Billy learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Billy must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.
Annotation:In an alternate 1914 Europe, Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from forces who are attempting to take over the globe with mechanical machinery, forms an alliance with Deryn, who is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Annotation:Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
Annotation:While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother.
Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth.
Annotation:When three mothers decide to start a book club and force their four daughters to participate, the process is nearly unbearable, but as the fall turns to winter and schedules get more hectic, their book club takes a back seat until a surprise club trip to New York sparks things up.
Annotation:Growing up under the tyrannical rule of the Blessed Guardians, who demand absolute obedience and force all citizens to wear identifying guardchains, Goldie risks everything by running away and teaming up with a young thief at a mysterious museum.
Annotation:Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children, but luckily Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess.
Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.
Annotation:When Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
Annotation:The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student gets involved- the terrorists' plans go awry.
Annotation:Living in isolation with a robot on a world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl sets out on a journey to find others like her.
Annotation:Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their strange interactions with a paper finger puppet worn by their odd classmate Dwight, but can the paper Yoda really predict the future?
Annotation:Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school.
Annotation:After her mother is abducted by aliens, 11 year-old Tip goes on an adventurous road trip with a friendly alien mechanic who helps her save the world—with the assistance of some cats.
Annotation:When Will and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has disappeared, they are led to an underground world full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will.
Annotation:Facing her twelfth birthday, Winnie has an entirely new set of dramas to deal with, such as fitting in at her junior high and enduring the embarrassment of bra shopping with her mother at the local mall.
Annotation:In Tally's world, one's 16th birthday brings an operation that transforms them from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty, but Tally's friend doesn't want this future.
Annotation:In order to save his ailing grandfather from a curse, boy inventor Walker Bean must return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it, and faces pirates, magical machines, and deadly peril along the way.
Annotation:When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness-- and soon finds herself in a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon.
Annotation:Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
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Books for preteen readers, grades 5 through 7.